Crowd in Lake Placid celebrates Weibrecht’s silver medal
LAKE PLACID – The Weibrecht family threw a party Sunday night at the Cottage Cafe for Andrew Weibrecht’s accomplishment of winning the Olympic silver medal in super-G Alpine skiing.
Cars were lined up down the street, and the bar was packed with neighbors and fans out celebrating.
Denja Weibrecht, Andrew’s wife, recalled the moment she saw her husband place second. It was the middle of the night here, and she was watching the race on television.
“I was screaming by myself with my dog,” she said.
Denja said the reason she wasn’t in Russia was because Andrew was only there for a few days to compete, so they decided against it.
“I’m really happy to be at home with everyone,” she said. “I got a ton of calls from friends and family all over the country.”
Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, Andrew’s parents and owners of the Mirror Lake Inn and the Cottage Cafe, organized the party. Along the side of the Mirror Lake Inn in big black lettering was the message, “Way to go Andrew!”
“I’m pretty excited.” Lisa said. “I think he’s really happy with a silver.”
“It’s still exciting,” Ed said. “For most of the course, he had the gold.”
Ed said his son’s performance was unbelievable, especially considering he has had problems with injuries. Andrew had in the recent past shoulder and ankle injuries that resulted in four surgeries in four years.
“It’s nice to see a kid get a payoff for his hard work,” Ed said. “He has worked amazingly hard.”
Judy Clune, Denja’s grandmother, was also in attendance.
“I can’t even describe how I felt,” she said. “He’s a very special young man.”
Bill McGahey of Lake Placid was out to celebrate along with his wife. McGahey said he missed Weibrecht’s race this morning and came out to watch the replay.
“I just missed it by 30 minutes this morning,” he said. “We are very proud of him. He’s a great role model for kids.
“We used to see him on Whiteface as a kid. He was a great skier then.”
Mark and Meg Stofko of Lake Placid were also enjoying the moment.
“We love anything Olympics,” Meg Stofko said.
“It’s the most people I’ve ever seen in here,” Mark Stofko said.
The bar was packed, and more people squeezed in as it got closer to 5 p.m., when the instant replay of Weibrecht’s race was played. Clapping, cheers and whistles then broke out.
Roby Politi, North Elba town supervisor, was at the bar celebrating with friends.
“It’s unbelievable,” Politi said. “It’s a great day for the Weibrechts, for Lake Placid and American skiing.”
Politi said when athletes like Weibrecht do well in the Olympics, it’s a reflection of the community.
“The kid is so clutch. He just means so much to Lake Placid.” Politi said.
At around 5:30 p.m., Denja Weibrecht stood up on the bar with a microphone and led a toast.
“I just want everyone to know how much family and friends mean to him (Andrew),” she said. “I’m just so proud of him. So cheers!”